Below, you can find a guide to making a compensation claim for an accident causing a wrist injury. Below, you will read about many of the ways that wrist injuries are caused, and why you could have valid grounds to make a compensation claim. We also look at the issue of liability, who you can claim from, and how to get your claim started.
You are bound to have additional questions that are not answered by this guide. One of our knowledgeable claims advisors will happily answer them for you, and also to help get your claim underway as soon as possible. Call them on 0161 696 9685 to get your legal support today.
Select A Section:
- A Guide To Wrist Injury Claims
- What Is A Wrist Injury?
- How Much Wrist Injury Compensation Can You Claim?
- How Wrist Injury Claims Are Calculated
- Causes Of Wrist Injuries
- Claims For A Wrist Injured In A Road Traffic Accident
- Claims For Wrist Injuries In The Workplace
- Claims For An Injured Wrist In A Public Place
- Claims For Sporting Wrist Injuries
- Who Is Eligible To Claim Compensation?
- Who Could Be Liable For Your Accident And Injuries?
- Is There A Personal Injury Claim Time Limit?
- How To Claim Compensation For A Wrist Injury
- No Win No Fee Claims For A Wrist Injury
- How Our Experts Can Help You Claim Compensation
- Contacting Our Team
- Advice For Accident Victims
A Guide To Wrist Injury Claims
On this page, you will find a complete guide to making a personal injury claim for a wrist injury. It should provide enough detail so that you will be equipped to begin making informed choices about your claim. Below, you will find information such as:
- An overall definition of what a wrist injury is. We will also give a basic outline of the eligibility criteria to claim, as well as liability to pay compensation in this section.
- A table that provides detailed information about potential compensation amounts for a range of different severities of wrist injuries. These figures are based on the UK Judicial College Guidelines for compensation settlements.
- Information on how the total value of a claim is calculated, as well as a list of the most commonly awarded general and special damages that a successful claim, and subsequent settlement, could comprise of.
- A list of many of the most common causes of wrist-related accidents that people make a compensation claim for in the UK each year.
- An overview of the process of claiming for a wrist accident that has been caused by some form of a road traffic accident.
- An overview of the process of claiming for a wrist injury that has been caused due to an accident at work, which was clearly the responsibility of your employer in some way.
- An overview of the process of claiming for a wrist injury that happens in a public place. For example, whilst walking down the street, or shopping in a supermarket.
- An overview of the process of claiming for a wrist injury that has been caused by a sporting accident, or an accident whilst involved in some kind of adventure activity.
- An examination of why you may be eligible to make a compensation claim for the accident that resulted in you sustaining an injury to your wrist.
- An examination of which third party might be liable to pay you compensation for an accident that caused an injury to your wrist, and also what the legal situation is if you were partially to blame for the accident.
- A discussion of the time limits that you must make your claim within, as well as a table that gives details of the general time limits that could apply in your own case.
- A general introduction to the process of starting a claim, and also how our team can help you get your claim underway simply and quickly.
- An overview of the simple yet effective national claims service that we offer to people all across the UK. This is a financially risk-free way for you to have your claim processed.
If you have any questions about the contents of this guide, or simply need a little advice on how best to proceed with your own claim, then why not chat to one of our claims team? They will be ready and waiting to provide any assistance you might need.
What Is A Wrist Injury?
Your wrist consists of eight bones (these are named the carpal bones). These bones form a tube, named the carpal tunnel. This tunnel has several tendons and nerves within it. It is the action of these nerves and tendons which flex the wrist. The overall wrist is wrapped in its own ligament, anchoring it in place.
Soft tissue injuries to the wrist (damage to tendons, nerves, ligaments or muscles), are the most common type of wrist injuries, with fractures (either simple or compound) of the carpal bones being the next most common injury to the wrist.
If you suffer an injury to your wrist, from minor cuts and bruises, through soft tissue injuries and fractures, then as long as you can prove that a third party was at least partially the cause of the accident, a personal injury lawyer could be able to process a claim for you.
How Much Wrist Injury Compensation Can You Claim?
You could try and find an online personal injury claims calculator tool to get a rough estimate of how much your claim may be worth. However, the table below is based on the actual guidelines used by a legal body known as the Judicial College which looks at compensation awards made by the courts. You should be able to estimate how much you might receive in compensation, based on this table below:
Injury Severity Notes Compensation
Wrist Minor Here, we are talking about injuries such as cuts, bruises, scrapes, burns and grazes to the skin of the wrist, that will heal quite quickly. £3,310 to £4,450
Wrist Less Serious Here, we are talking about injuries such as soft tissue injuries including sprains and strains, and also simple fractures, that will heal fully within a few weeks. Rarely exceed £9,620
Wrist Serious Here, we are talking about injuries such as more severe soft tissue injuries, as well as compound fractures, that will leave the wrist immobilised for a long period, and require physiotherapy to regain the full use of the wrist. £22,990 to £36,770
Wrist Severe Here, we are talking about injuries such as very bad soft tissue injuries, and compound fractures with complications, that will never heal fully and leave the victim with some level of reduced functionality of the wrist. £44,690 to £56,180
For a much more accurate indication of how much you could claim in your own case, please talk to one of our claim advisors. Once they know enough about your circumstances, they will be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate of how much you may be able to claim.
How Wrist Injury Claims Are Calculated
When a personal injury solicitor is successful in processing a claim on behalf of a client, then the total compensation received will be the sum of all the different types of damages that the settlement is made up of. These damages fit into two categories. Firstly, general damages are intended to compensate the claimant for all of the physical harm they suffered. Secondly, the purpose of special damages is to compensate the claimant for financial and other losses. Let’s look at each in more detail:
This aspect of the claim takes into account:
- Pain and suffering at the time of the accident.
- Mental trauma and shock of being involved in an accident.
- Psychological damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression.
- Painful medical treatment and an extended recovery period.
- Long-term or permanent disabilities that will lower the life quality of the victim.
There are numerous types of losses or expenses that you can recover, such as:
- Travel costs to pay for travel related to medical treatment or legal obligations.
- Medical fees to compensate for having to pay for any private medical treatment.
- Care costs if the claimant had to hire in-home help or a nurse at home.
- Missing out on income if the claimant had to take time away from work and didn’t receive their full salary or wages during this time.
- Loss of future income if the claimant will not be able to continue working, or will have to work at a reduced level, which affects their potential to earn in the future.
When it comes to claiming for special damages, be sure to keep hold of all your statements, receipts and bills that prove the loss. Without evidence, you may not be able to claim for them.
Causes Of Wrist Injuries
The answer to the question, “when should you see a doctor for a wrist injury?” is that if you intend to claim for the injury, you should always visit a hospital or see a doctor to have the injury treated so that a record of the injury exists. There are many ways that a wrist can be injured, but some are much more common than others, and these include:
- Slips, trips or falls (either in a public place or on private property)
- Road traffic accidents (with cyclists and motorcyclists being most prone to these injuries).
- Accidents at work (or whilst working offsite for an employer).
- Sporting accidents (as well as adventure activities such as hiking or rock climbing).
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
No matter how you have harmed your wrist, as long as the accident that caused the harm was the fault of a third party, even partially, then we could be able to help you to make a compensation claim.
Claims For A Wrist Injured In A Road Traffic Accident
Road traffic accidents are the most common of all accidents that occur in the UK each year. So, it is, therefore, no surprise that these are also the type of accidents that most commonly cause wrist injuries. To answer the question, “can you legally drive with a broken wrist?” then you need to know that there are no laws that state you cannot drive with a wrist injury. However, it simply makes sense not to drive if your injury is so severe that it prevents you from controlling the vehicle effectively.
Motorists often hurt their wrists if they are gripping the steering wheel tightly when they collide with either another vehicle or a static object. Cyclists and motorcyclists are always at risk of these injuries, especially if they attempt to break their fall by using their arms or hands.
If you were injured in a road traffic accident, and the accident was the fault of another driver, then we could be able to assist you in making a compensation claim for the harm you have suffered.
Claims For Wrist Injuries In The Workplace
Take a look at the graph above. It clearly shows that in the last decade, the number of non-fatal workplace accidents has declined quite drastically. However, workplace accidents can and do still happen. Wrist injuries are one of the most frequently seen kinds of injuries resulting from a workplace accident.
Every employer in the UK is legally obligated to provide a safe and risk-free workplace for its employees at all times. There are multiple levels of legislation that are aimed at keeping employees safe such as the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.
When compliance protocols fail, such as risk assessments and conducting regular maintenance inspections, and this leads directly to an injury to a member of the workforce, then a valid reason to make a compensation claim could exist. However, it is important that the injured staff member fills in the company accident book, reporting the incident in an official manner. We handle many workplace accident claims each year, and we are sure that we can assist you with yours. Speak to one of our claims team to learn how.
Claims For An Injured Wrist In A Public Place
A possible answer to the question, “what is the most common injury to the wrist?” is that sprains and strains are very common. Consider for a moment that after road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls are the most common accident in the UK each year. When a person falls, they often try to break their fall with their hands. This can very easily cause a sprain, strain or even a fracture of the wrist.
If you are in a public place, such as walking on a public pavement, then the local council could be liable to pay you compensation. If you are in a publicly accessible building such as a supermarket, cinema, or restaurant, then it would be the operator of the building your accident happens in that you would pursue for damages.
Claims For Sporting Wrist Injuries
A simple answer to the question, “how can you tell if your wrist is sprained or broken?” is that you should visit the hospital. This will a) diagnose your injury properly, and b) make an official record of the injury and how it happened. Sporting accidents are once again a very common cause of wrist damage when undertaking activities such as:
- Playing tennis.
- Riding a bicycle.
- Ice skating or roller skating.
- Snowboarding or skiing.
- Rock climbing.
- Playing football or rugby.
As you can see, many sporting activities could cause an injury to the wrist. No matter how your injury happened, as long as a third party was to blame, we could be able to help you claim.
Who Is Eligible To Claim Compensation?
If you have suffered an injury to your wrist, be it a minor laceration, a more serious soft tissue injury, or a severe compound fracture, then you could be eligible to claim compensation for the harm that you have suffered.
However, to be eligible to make such a claim, you will need to be able to prove that a third party was at least partly to blame for the accident or incident that caused you harm.
Who Could Be Liable For Your Accident And Injuries?
If you have suffered an injury such as a fractured wrist, or a sprained wrist, then as we mentioned above, as long as a third party was the cause, you could be able to claim. This third party is any distinct legal entity, such as:
- Your landlord.
- A supermarket operator.
- A restaurant owner.
- The local council.
- Your employer.
- A friend or family member.
In general, any private individual, company or organisation can be pursued for compensation. If the third party was only partially to blame for the accident, then you would claim against them at a reduced percentage of liability, which would lower the amount of compensation offered as a settlement.
Is There A Personal Injury Claim Time Limit?
There is a general personal injury claims time limit in place, and you need to begin your claim within this time limit to be eligible for compensation. The table below shows these limits. However, in some rare cases, these limits can changed or be extended. Speak to one of our claims team to check the time limit in your own case.
Circumstances of the Claim Time Limit
If you were not yet 18 years old at the time the injury occurred. 3 years from the date of your 18 th birthday.
If you were over 18 years old at the time the injury occurred. 3 years for the date the injury occurred.
How To Claim Compensation For A Wrist Injury
If you have suffered harm such as wrist pain, or a broken wrist, starting a claim is very straightforward. Just call the number below and explain your situation to one of our claims team. Once they know enough about your injury and the accident that caused it, they will offer you free legal advice on how best to proceed.
No Win No Fee Claims For A Wrist Injury
Our No Win No Fee claims service is a financially risk-free way to process your claim. There isn’t any upfront cost to begin a claim, nor a charge as your claim progresses. If we do not succeed in winning you compensation, there is still no fee. If your claim is a success, a solicitor from our panel may charge a small fee when we receive a settlement payment for you. This is called a success fee. It is capped by legislation.
How Our Experts Can Help You Claim Compensation
We can help you to claim for all kinds of wrist injuries. Using plain and simple English and not legalese, we will ensure that you always understand everything that we are doing on your behalf. We aim to get the most compensation we can, and do all that is possible to ensure the success of your claim. Follow the three-step process below to get started.
Speak to our claims team; you can use email, web chat or the phone. We evaluate your claim, to see whether you are eligible for compensation. If eligible, we will move on to process your claim for you.
Contacting Our Team
Have you suffered an injury to your wrist that was not your fault? Do you have a solid reason to make a compensation claim? If so, speak to one of our claims team on 0161 696 9685. They will be able to explain how we can assist you, will offer free legal advice and take you through our claims process so that we can start working on your claim right away.
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Written by CR
Edited by DEG